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Should you buy a Ford Ka+?

Just like its predecessors, the Ford Ka+ continues to appeal as a small city hatchback thanks to the way it drives – except now, the standard-fit rear doors make it a much more practical proposition than before. There’s plenty of space for four adults and boot space is near the top of the class, too. 

Against its rivals, the Ka+ feels more polished than the Vauxhall Viva and the likes of the Peugeot 108Citroen C1 and Toyota Aygo. However these rivals can be found with more affordable offers, while the Kia Picanto feels a little more up to date.

Should you buy one? Probably not, unless you really dislike the Kia Picanto. The truth is that, larger, more refined cars like the Dacia Sandero and Ford Fiesta are nearly as cheap.

If you have your heart set on one, choosing a Ka+ is easy. There are two choices available and if you’d like something with a hint of rugged SUV-inspired styling, the Ford Ka+ Active is available to suit those buyers, too.

The lower-powered 1.2-litre petrol with 70hp in Studio trim is the cheapest way into the range, while the 95hp diesel engine in Zetec form is the most expensive. Any of the engines will be cheap to run, but we’d be wary of paying the extra for the diesel engine, unless you cover a high number of miles or your company car costs are relatively close.

One aspect worth noting is that the Ford Ka+ only scored three stars when it was crash- tested by Euro NCAP.

With a huge number of Ford dealers to choose from, finding a nearby showroom should at lease be a doddle.